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Dante Orange's script, "Forever and Never" is a finalist in the Genre Celebration Festival, 2017.

Sarah Knauf, a senior in Cinema and Photography, has her film, "Beat," as an official selection at the Interrobang Film Festival in Des Moines, Iowa Mike Maxwell (MFA) screened Remnant Thoughts at the Fake Flesh Film Festival, Kamloops, BC, Canada (the film came out of a collaboration between Jennida’s Cinematography class and Mike Maxwell, shooting in the City Museum, St. Louis last February)

Andrew Calise and Craig Miller at the Statehouse

Craig Miller (2000-05) and Andrew Calise (B.A., 2016) in the State Capital, March 16, 2017, Springfield, IL.  Andrew was job shadowing state capital photographer Russ Kimmons. Craig works as the Lead Photographer for the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.

Daniel Dryer, Nathaniel Fortmeyer, and Miranda Munguia are finalists in the 37th Annual College and High School Photography Contest run by the Photographer's Forum magazine. Congratulations!


Amanda Neuhouser's film, "A Letter to Myself" a documentary essay style film, has been accepted into the Sioux Empire Film Festival and the Girls Impact the World Film Festival. Amanda is a junior in Cinema.  CP student Hannah Redenius of Minonk, IL has had one of her photos selected for the background photo on SIU ID cards. Beginning later this month, all university identification cards will include a background picture taken by Hannah Redenius of Minonk.

Evan Kimball (BA, 2008 with a minor in Philosophy) is working at the Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment at the Beijing Film Academy. Evan writes: "What I gained most from the classes at SIUC was the broadening of my cultural understanding through the watching of foreign films and having a diversity of teachers and peers from around the globe. In particular, Zhou Hong's class on Chinese cinema introduced me to a history and people I knew nothing about at the time. in our new lab we are developing new modes of storytelling using any tools available, therefore my studies with Cade Bursell in multimedia filmmaking prepared me to see past the traditional ways of film production into the unknown future of visual entertainment and communication".

Tom Desch (BA, 2002 with minors in History and Journalism) is the producer, editor and writer of Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability.  The film was recently nominated for the a 2016 Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Award by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Luke O’Neill’s documentary, Move is an official selection in the Festival of Recorded Movement, F.O.R.Min Vancouver, B.C. June 2016. The Festival explores the power of film as a way to show creative and engaging perspectives of movement form.

Kayla WintertonGene Park, Katelyn Schuetzenhofer, Rebecca MimlerNisha Margrum, and Aaron Sandage (2016 College Honorable Mention) were selected as finalist for the 36th Annual College & High School Photography Contest. Over 10,000 photographs from students in the U.S., Canada, and around the world were submitted. This year's judges were Henry Horenstein (RISD), Meryl Truett (SCAD), and Lee White (College of the Canyons).

Amanda Neuhouser's film, "A Letter to Myself", a documentary essay style film, has been accepted into the Sioux Empire Film Festival and the Girls Impact the World Film Festival.  Amanda is a junior in Cinema.


CP student Hannah Redenius of Minonk, IL has had one of her photos selected for the background photo on SIU ID cards. Beginning later this month, all university identification cards will include a background picture taken by Hannah Redenius of Minonk. 

Congratulations to Briana Stodden and Dan Bach for winning the competitive REACH award for 2015-16.

Ryan Lay’s still image, titled “Symbiosis” is on display at the Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Gallery, in St. Louis as part of the show, Express Yourself from March 13-April 3, 2015.

Kayla Winterton (2015) and Gene Park (2015), both seniors in photography, were finalists for Photographer's Forum's 35th Annual College & High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon, USA.